Polymer can remove dyes from wastewater

November 27, 2022  |  Swatches

North Carolina State University researchers have demonstrated that a synthetic polymer can remove certain dyes from water and that the polymer can be recovered and reused. The results offer a new method for cleaning wastewater after use by textiles, cosmetics or other industries.
Emerging Leaders 40 and under

November 1, 2022  |  Features

Meet the up-and-coming people who are making their names in the textile industry.
Toward standardization for e-textiles

November 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

As the e-textiles industry continues to grow, it will be essential to have consensus-based international standards to support the industry to ensure reliability of materials and products and best practices used in design and manufacturing. 
About our Emerging Leaders

November 1, 2022  |  Editorial

We often talk about labor issues and the ongoing problem of finding skilled workers to keep businesses afloat. But there are young, talented and dedicated people out there already. In this issue of Specialty Fabrics Review, we present brief profiles of 10 “Emerging leaders 40 and under.” (Becaus…
Striving for sustainability

November 1, 2022  |  Markets

As public awareness of the importance of sustainability grows, there’s no doubt that fabricators are becoming greener. But it’s also becoming obvious that there are many different routes to the same destination.
Fluff Stuff

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

When it comes to providing warmth, textile products are routinely filled with unsustainable filling materials such as down feathers or polyester fibers. Master’s degree students at Helsinki’s Aalto University, have created a process that replaces those textile fillings with a natural alternative…
Fabric shades create comfort, protection

November 1, 2022  |  Markets, Product Trends

Cool, comfortable shade is easy to underestimate and hard to ignore when it’s not available. Bill Moore saw an opportunity in the fabric shade business when he moved from New England to California in the early 2000s. “I was struck by how much good space was going unused, due to the sun.”
Material reacts to body heat

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals has developed a new material that detects and responds to body temperature. Called HUMOFIT®, the material becomes flexible when heated, making it easier to deform. When cooled down, it becomes hard. The material was developed with the concept of “being close to people…
The Rady Shell

November 1, 2022  |  Final Project

Seen from a distance, the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, in San Diego, Calif., is a striking sight. In daylight, it looks like something that might have emerged from San Diego Bay, but at night it becomes a popular concert venue, with an enormous stage, 3,386 programmable LED lights and a powerful ampli…
U.S.- Honduran partnership to train textile students

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

North Carolina colleges and universities are joining forces with a key Honduran university to educate and train thousands of students for the next generation textile workforce to meet a rising tide of nearshoring and onshoring in Honduras, Central America and the United States.